INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: East Chicago to expand fiber network

2013-09-18T12:59:00Z 2013-09-18T16:45:06Z INSIDE INDIANA BUSINESS: East Chicago to expand fiber networkGerry Dick Inside Indiana Business nwitimes.com
September 18, 2013 12:59 pm  • 

The city of East Chicago is moving forward with a plan to expand a high-speed fiber optic network. The more than $300,000 first phase, which was recently approved by the city's board of public works, would connect major municipal offices and could potentially grow into a source of wireless access for businesses.

 

Conference examines drone technology

The executive director of the Indiana-based National Center for Complex Operations says "the eyes of the nation are on Indiana and Ohio" because of their potential for developing unmanned systems. Matt Konkler is one of the organizers of the Mid-America Defense Conference in Southern Indiana, underway in Scottsburg. He says efforts continue to land one of six federal drone test sites.

 

Aviation Group Says Tax Law is Paying Off

The Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association says a change in Indiana tax law has resulted in "dozens of new jobs and increased revenue" for the state's aviation businesses. Indiana legislators passed a law this year eliminating a 7 percent tax on aircraft parts and repairs as well as the state's fuel excise tax.

 

State Announces ISTEP Results

Preliminary results show ISTEP scores throughout the state are essentially flat. The Indiana Department of Education says the number of students who passed the English/Language Arts portion of the test is up slightly from last year, while the math scores are also a little higher.

 

Media Vet Takes Over Popular Arts Publication

The incoming managing editor of an arts and entertainment publication in Indianapolis says interactivity is key to success in the newspaper industry. Ed Wenck, who starts at NUVO next month, says he will focus on increasing social media presence and creating viral content. In a Studio(i) interview, Wenck discusses Indianapolis' growing arts scene and why he thinks it is a "very exciting time" to be in the newspaper industry.

 

Energy Companies Face Fraud Charges

The U.S. Attorney for Southern Indiana has announced charges against three companies involved in an alleged fraud scheme. Joe Hogsett says two of the companies have Indiana roots and he describes the case as the "largest instance of tax and securities fraud in state history."

 

Retailer Announces Holiday Hiring Plans

Indianapolis-based h.h.gregg is planning to hire 500 workers at its stores for the holiday shopping season. The electronics and appliance retailer has nearly 230 locations in the Midwest, South, Mid-Atlantic and Great Lakes regions.

 

UE Students Set For Design Challenge

Final presentations are set for Friday at the annual University of Evansville Institute for Global Enterprise's Student Design Challenge. This year's competition involves developing a lightweight aluminum wheel concept for Evansville-based Accuride Corp. The event is part of the inaugural Innovation Week. During a recent interview on Inside INdiana Business Television, institute Executive Director Katie Ciccarelli outlined her plans.

 

Former IPS Chief to Lead Martin University

Martin University has named Eugene White president on an interim basis. He most recently served as superintendent of Indianapolis Public Schools. White succeeds George Miller, who announced he was leaving the university last month after about a year on the job.

 

Chamber Set For Business Expo

The St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce is expecting more than 1,500 attendees at today's Business Expo After Hours. The event will feature vendors from financial services, consulting and telecommunications industries.

 

Martha Stewart to Speak at Indy Event

Business and media icon Martha Stewart will speak at the inaugural Indiana Governor's Conference for Women in Indianapolis. Organizers say the November event will focus on opportunities for women in business and advice for the "next generation" of women industry leaders.

 

Relocated Business Plans to Boost Production

A woodworking company that moved operations from Michigan to LaGrange in April says it is ramping up production. Lake Area Designs LLC currently employs 19 and intends to hire up to 34 by 2016.

 

Rolls-Royce Engine Receives FAA Certification

The Indianapolis operations of Rolls-Royce Corp. are expected to benefit from a new certification. The Federal Aviation Type Certificate for an engine enhancement program could help the U.S. Air Force extend the life of its C-130H transport fleet. The original engine and potential new replacement parts are manufactured in Indianapolis.

 

IU Foundation Names Executive VP

The Indiana University Foundation has named Rick Dupree executive vice president for development. He currently serves as assistant dean of development and alumni relations for the Kelley School of Business.

 

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